Southport Swimming Club Masters are a group of swimmers, age 18yrs plus who meet at Dunes on at Tuesday/Thursday evening from 8.30pm to 10pm. They also have a session at Marshside Health Club, Slaidburn Crescent, on a Sunday from 7-8pm. Lanes are governed on ability not age, and generally follow a schedule. Anyone is very welcome to come along and have a trial, help with stroke analysis etc can be given. Some swimmers are Competitive, Open Water or tri athletes, others just out to improve. Please contact the website or Helen direct on email@example.com
7th March Stafford Masters
24th April GB Masters Sheffield (long course)
1-6th June European Masters, Budapest
5-7th June Great North Swim
12th July Henley Festival (open water)
25th July Club to Pub swim, Henley
5th Sept. Open Water Masters
12th Sept. Arfon Masters, Llandudno
23rd Oct. National Championships.
4 of our Masters made the journey to North West Masters at Blackpool and all came home with medals. Catherine L won a silver and a bronze in the 400 and 200 freestyle, while Emma Jenkins got a gold and Bronze in the breaststroke and Individual Medley. Helen Jenkins won 4 gold and 2 silver in the back and breast events while newcomer Andrew Porter won 2 silver medals in his first outing as a Master. Well done all.
We have also, as part of our grant from Swim England, secured the services of coach Steve Heaps from Preston. He has a top squad of young masters there, and has agreed to come and run a session for us, based on technique, drills and finally some starts for those who wish to. This session will be open to all adult swimmers on Saturday 21st March, 2pm to 3.30pm at Slaidburn. There is no charge for this session. Please let me know if you want to join us as places will be limited due to space available.
Lancashire County Masters Championships
A small group from Southport enter the Lancashire Masters Championships at Blackpool in September.
Karen Barton won 3 gold medals in the backstroke events, while Rachel Derby won the 800m Free and was 5th in the 50m free.
Doreen Gordon won 3 gold medals while Helen Jenkins won 5 gold and 1 silver medal.
The only male swimmers from the club, Rod Barton put his training to good use by finishing 1st in the 50m Breast. Well done everyone
Also a small number from the club made the journey up to the Lakes to compete in the Coniston End to End swim, Elaine Cooke, Karen, Catherine Riseborough and Madeleine Fishlock showed their stamina by completing this course.
Helen Jenkins was the only competitor from Southport to make the journey to Swansea and she brought home 3 gold medals, 1 silver and one bronze. The Golds came in the 200m Back and Breast and 100m Breast. The silver in 50m Fly and the bronze for 50m Breast.
Coming up are the Cheshire Masters, July and the Welsh Masters in September, also the Lancashire Masters at Blackpool.
A lovely Christmas night out was had at Veronica's in town, organised by Catherine (Thanks)! Great meal and a good laugh-despite Neil's jokes! Also great dancing by Elaine and Lyndsay.</
LANCASHIRE COUNTY MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
A contingent from Southport made the journey to Blackpool for the Lancashire County Masters Championships and came home with medals galore!
The first event, 100 Ind. Medley saw Ruthie Cartwright and Emma Jenkins winning gold, and Helen Jenkins silver medals. In the 200m Free Elaine Cooke came 2nd and Doreen Gordon was first in her age group.
50m Back saw Emma, Helen, Doreen and Karen Barton all winning while Neil Jackson was 2nd in the men’s category. 100 Breast was a Jenkins success, Helen and Emma both winning, while in the 50m free, Sara Lang and Doreen won and Elaine Cooke was 2nd.
200 back winners were Emma, Karen and Neil. Ruthie swam a great race in the 800 free winning easily. Again winning Helen swam 200breast and Ruthie 50fly. In the 100 free Elaine came 3rd and Doreen won. 50m breast saw gold for Ruthie and Helen and finishing off in the 100m back, all winners from Southport were Helen, Karen and Neil.
Helen recently competed in the European Masters in Slovenia and came home with a 2nd and 3rd Medal, and also finished with two 4th places and two 6th</sup
Dee Mile 2018
Just before the start of the race, Club Coaches, Masters and Junior swimmers all ready to go. The Club did so well, Fraser winning the Junior Boys Section, Danny 2nd in his category, closely followed by brother James. Ruthie (not in photo) winning her group, as did Helen and Karen 3rd. Great results from everyone in perfect weather.
In Photo: Danny, James, Maddie, Elaine, Claire , Fraser, Helen, Pam, Karen. Also swam Ruthie & Sara.